I am currently watching a video for my ethics in healthcare class, and so far I’ve seen a C-section, prostate surgery and throat surgery in the past 15 minutes.
I’m not that faint of heart, but this is making my vision a little blurry.
Good morning! What a way to start this post, eh? Here’s a picture of an appealing breakfast to counteract those thoughts.
Sorry if you don’t think Greek yogurt, banana, and peanut butter are appealing.
I am only a week into this Dublin study abroad program, but I am already wondering: “Why did I ever not want to do this??”
Believe it or not, I really did not want to study abroad for a while. The main reason was FOMO— I didn’t want to miss out on all the fun and friendships back at Boston University. I also didn’t feel a strong tug to study abroad, so I wrote it off as “not for me.”
In the end (obviously), I chose to study abroad in order to challenge myself. To learn about other people. To travel. To get outside of my cushy, mushy comfort zone of friends, family, and familiarity.
although cheese toast with eggs and sriracha for lunch is pretty familiar 🙂
My reasons for coming to Dublin are not quite unique, but I know that my experience here is unique. Who will I meet? What will I learn? How will I grow? Will I even gain anything?
I won’t reflect too extensively today, but two things I have learned this week are that:
- Sharing a kitchen with over 10 people is both an art and a labor of love.
- Education should be driven by a desire to learn and become a better person, not merely by a desire to “do well.” I always knew this one, but I have only recently realized that I get so nervous for school because I feel pressure to primarily do well. Retain information, apply my knowledge after the course, etc.— all those were secondary thoughts to me. It’s sad, but it’s true.
I feel like I should have learned that latter point such a long time ago. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve always loved learning, but only selectively and usually outside of a classroom setting, where the thought of grades wasn’t oppressing me.
I still break a tiny sweat when I think of learning and writing about something completely out of my comfort zone, but that’s where the growth happens. And, as Fr. Mike Schmitz said, if I am motivated by gratitude (for the gift of learning) rather than fear (of not doing well in the course), then I can be free.
Free to think. Free to question. Free to innovate.
And on the kitchen topic, I actually enjoy the kitchen parties. Minus the dirty dishes and questionable amount of smoke that we produce in the kitchen. I contributed to the smoky room with my Irish grass-fed beef burgers (am I trendy yet!?).
on multigrain sourdough toast with ketchup, mustard, sautéed onions, white cheddar and spinach + cherry tomatoes on the side
Plus this classic thanks to Madre hauling over dried figs for me in her Mary Poppins bag.
dried figs with Greek yogurt
All we need in this dorm is the laundry machines to be up and running. Patience is virtue, but dirty laundry is gross.
Lastly, I want to wish Madre a very happy birthday! I’m sure this lady is feeling twenty twoooooo ooo ooo! I love you, mama!
So tell me:
Have you always been motivated by a desire to learn in school? Or have you had desires to “just do well”?
Have you ever had to share a space with many people? My four-person-family life at home is a premium.
If you’ve ever studied abroad, what was your main reason for going?
9 thoughts on “I Feel Like I Should Have Learned This A While Ago”
You are never ever going to regret studying abroad! I was considering it at one point, but I never went through with it and that’s something that I definitely wish I could go back and change. Heck, I didn’t even have to live my home city for school. And I think that the desire to learn hit me in my 2nd our 3rd year of university… probably because that was when I really started to study the things I was more passionate about.
Thanks, Amanda! I am definitely grateful for this experience and opportunity to grow and learn.
Happy Birthday, Victoria! 🙂
This post is amazing and I LOVE how everything from our last convo has been hit head on.
Also, I puffy heart that burger using bread. My life growing up.
I spent a lot of time as an underclassman just “trying to do well,” and I think it was partly because I wasn’t studying material that interested me! I have some classes this semester, that I love, and I want to well in them because I’m passionate about learning the material, which makes a big difference 🙂
College is nice because we start specializing our knowledge, which is fun!
That toast burger looks awesome. What do your roomies/Irish peeps think of your love for peanut buttering all the things? Do they love PB as much as we do?!
I found someone who loves peanut butter as much as I do! I think everyone else thinks my obsession is either funny or weird. And then there are a couple people who are allergic.
I’ve always been my most attentive when I’m driven to learn. Finding new information and perspectives is always so exciting for me! And living in a double apartment suite with five other girls is DEFINITELY the essence of sharing space! 😀
Oh man, five girls in one apartment can be fun but challenging! Hope it’s been a good experience though 🙂